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Continuing Good

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Doing good:

* "No intense sweets" streak still on track - fully on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, & 14th, plus half of the 9th and half of today. So, either 5 or 6 days depending on how you count it.

* "Staying within calorie range" streak is going strong: today is 14th day!!

* Walked 4.75 miles in 65 minutes today. Knee is recovering from freak accident with dog running into me. Should be able to run my scheduled morning 5K on Saturday the 19th. We'll see. Modifying exercise schedule for recovery.

* I've made it to 200 weeks of maintaining at or below my Weight Watcher's goal. Working to get back to where I am maintaining an 86 pound weight loss! Plan to celebrate 208 weeks in a big way -- that's 4 years!!




  
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RUNNERRACHEL 1/16/2013 10:30AM

    Nice work!! Hope your knee is ok. I have had knee issues lately. I also have a 5k on the 19th! Hoping I can do the race as well.

Did you see you were featured on the SparkPeople Facebook page?? This is what they said on Monday:

Have trouble being consistent with your healthy-living goals? Try this tip from SparkPeople member SLENDERELLA61: "When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc." What's your best tip for staying motivated?

Great job on all you're doing. SparkPeople has noticed what an incredible motivator you are!

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MEXGAL1 1/16/2013 10:00AM

    totally awesome! 4 years is simply wonderful...good for you!

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You are doing really well! Sorry you suffered another injury setback :(( How that brings back memories of going to the off leash dog park. I don't think anyone there escaped getting run down by dogs not looking where they were going, misjudging the distance as they race by you chasing other dogs :P Unfortunately, my Mom suffered the worst injury, getting clipped on her knee, buckling it and sending her flying into a ditch where she landed on her wrist,breaking it badly :( But she doesn't blame the dog, knowing what they are like, it wasn't intentional. She is a true dog lover! Some dogs like to lean into you as a sign of affection. I had one do that and he pushed my knee sideways and I heard something go click, and boy was I hobbling around for a few months after that :P But you do have to love the big galoots, no pet gives more affection!
I hope you heal fast and are able to do the run!

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2013 7:55PM

    Wow: I'd call this "superb" rather than merely "good"!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/15/2013 7:46PM

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Keep setting that example. Sharing your successes inspires the rest of us, thanks.

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GABY1948 1/15/2013 7:40PM

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MIRAGE727 1/15/2013 6:27PM

    Outstanding report, Marsha! Solid time on that 4.75 miles as well!
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KANDOLAKER 1/15/2013 2:37PM

    YOU are a true inspiration! Good on you and here's to many, many more great successes!



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DSSECRETS 1/15/2013 2:27PM

    You're doing awesome! You're an inspiration to all of us!

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Sweet Challenge

Monday, January 14, 2013

I've made it four whole days with absolutely no intense sweets - no sugar, no honey, no syrup (diet or otherwise), no Splenda/Equal/Sweet n Low/saccharine, no raisins/dried fruit, no sugar free pudding, no sugar free ice cream, and no juice. When you understand that other than 2 times when I tried for several weeks to reduce my artificial sweetener use (and ended up using more regular sweeteners), I have been using large amounts of artificial sweeteners for many years. I substituted an artificial sweetener habit for a sugar habit. I could control my weight, but I still felt somewhat out of control and knew that I was not fueling my body optimally.

The last few days I have really enjoyed fruit. It amazes me that even things I don't usually think of as sweet (baby carrots, corn, peas, almonds, bananas, tomatoes) suddenly seem sweet to me. I thought this might happen, but certainly did not expect it to happen so soon. I find I can drink tea, herbal tea, coffee, and decaf coffee with nothing added. I don't like them as much, but that is fine, because I will probably drink more plain water and consume less caffeine which is an improvement.

Funny, but probably my hardest challenge was the Weight Watcher Open House. They served smoothies and samples of raspberry shortbread - both definitely sweet. I stayed away from them just fine at first, but then went over to the table to speak to one of the servers who I originally met at the first 5K I ran. I didn't take any refreshment, and didn't feel odd about it. Then they passed out samples of the new Celebration Cake bars. I brought mine and my nephew's home and gave them to my daughter yesterday. Then, believe it or not, my thank you gift for speaking was a box of Weight Watcher lemon filled lemon cakes! I brought them home and they are up (top shelf) in the cabinet. The family has decided they will be dessert at our next extended family dinner. My hubby particularly likes lemon. That will work! I had a hard time believing with all the savory snacks Weight Watchers sells that there was not one thing offered at the Open House that was not sweet. Oh, well, I proved to myself I can control my sweet tooth in a social setting

I'm definitely going for a week with no sweets and then I'll see whether I'm ready to reintroduce a very, very moderate amount. Or maybe not.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2013 8:41PM

    I tried the Birthday Cake mini bars and man were they sweet since I've cut back on sweets. Ditto for the raspberry short bread. The smoothie was delicious and I have been making some at home. (That is until my bottle of Fresca is gone) Once the Fresca is gone I will move on to other things. The WW smoothie mixes are starting to taste sweet and I've been playing around with just adding whey powder and spices to 8 ounces of skim milk instead. I will finish those that I still have at home but I bought a bunch of flavor extracts which I've been adding to whey smoothies with fruits and veggies to make a variety of different smoothies. Yummy! Kudos to you on your sugar fast. You can do it!!!!!!!

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/15/2013 2:07PM

    You have taken self control to a new level.

I can understand if you cant just take one

the don't take any at all. I still would encourage

you to reward yourself every 2 weeks or so with a small

treat at least. Your in great shape to enjoy life a tad every

now and again ... may be OK? I am so proud

of your work to finish and stick to your plan. You

keep me motivated to reach my goals.

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PHEBESS 1/14/2013 9:04PM

    Good job! Sweets can be my downfall!

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RUN4FOOD 1/14/2013 8:25PM

    Impressive.
You deserve about a thousand points for not eating those treats.
And to imagine the worst ones were from Weight Watchers.
Good luck on your continued sugarless diet.
My tastes are more like WATERMELLEN's.
I find some fruits too sweet, but it's difficult for me to find anything that is too salty.


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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2013 7:42PM

    Excellent! Gotta say, I don't have much problem with cookies etc. (my crave foods are more of the salty/fat types) but do use Splenda in my coffee and Splenda-sweetened fat free yogourt, too. Reasonably moderate . . . and I do stay away from sugar and aspartame.

You got some terrific deals! Good for you! I find I'm more likely to locate the size I now wear on sale than when I was heavier. Yesterday the post-Christmas sales rack at my fave discounter had lots of interesting stuff . . . bought only (at the liquidation place) a plain grey and a plain black pencil skirt . . . very basic good quality -- both together with tax less than $25. Go figure: exact same brand, fabric, waist/hip measurement . . . one a six, one an eight!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/14/2013 6:59PM

    Yeah. I have been concerned at times over the amount of sugar in JC foods, too, and for that matter, the amount of "sweet" even when it is not sugar.

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KANDOLAKER 1/14/2013 5:16PM

    Wow - talk about turning away from temptations - and to think of all places where there would be so many goodies. You are such an inspiration!! Congratulations on taking the high road and keeping yourself healthy!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/14/2013 5:06PM

    Amazing! You're a stronger woman than I.

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I am in absolute awe! You did fantastic! That is very impressive to ignore that boat load of temptations!! Congratulations on discovering and enjoying the natural sweetness of freggies :) In my opinion nothing sweeter then a succulent strawberry, ripe banana or navel orange!!
Enjoy!!

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MIRAGE727 1/14/2013 12:55PM

    Good job, Barb! I believe that everyone should do what they need to fit their path. I just use portion control and that works for me. I love your sharing your vision. Thanks and stay strong!
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MEXGAL1 1/14/2013 12:50PM

    Good for you Marsha to go without the sweets. I finally got off of sweets for the most part. My normal eating does not include any sugar, package foods or artificial sweeteners. I was addicted to artificial sweeteners and it was hard to get off them but I feel so much better not having them. I sweeten things with Stevia which doesn't effect my blood sugar and I like that. I love my tomato, and you are so right that fruits taste sweeter when not eating sugar.
I hope you like the way you feel and continue on with keeping the sweets out of your life. We really don't need them in our diet.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/14/2013 12:45PM

    Wow, great job Marsha! I bet you'll inspire some of us (like me) to give it a try.

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GABY1948 1/14/2013 12:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing SO great! And you know that it is YOUR choice in the matter!

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2013 11:41AM

    You are doing fabulous, my friend!!

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RITAROSE 1/14/2013 9:57AM

  Interesting blog! I gave up all sugar for two years on two occasions and felt much better and lost weight easier. I am currently done with week one of a sugar fast. Trying not to have any artificial either. I agree 100% how enjoyable fruits and veggies are under this plan! I delighted this weekend in eating grape tomatoes! They were delicious!!

Three or four years ago on SP there was a challenge I participated in for one month. No pop, diet or regular. I was addicted and thought it would be a good chance to take a break. After a successful 30 days of abstaining I thought to myself, "I can have a pop now!" Then I realized that I didn't even care. The craving had passed and I was drinking oodles more water. I have decided to not drink any soda or flavored drink again because I feel so much better without it and drinking more water is so much better for me!
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KJELLYBEAN15 1/14/2013 9:48AM

    Good for you in doing so well.

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VFJF22051 1/14/2013 9:06AM

    I also started a "no sweets" challenge for 2 weeks. Did great for 6 days then had a couple f fruit thins. I also include alcohol as a "sweet" because how its metabolized. I really has been much easier than I thought it would. But... I haven't been able to give up the cream yet. One day at a time. When I did have those thin cookies it was like all of a sudden my sweet craving kicked in and alls I wanted was sweets. If you can kick the sweets, keep them kicked to the curb or they will creep back up on ya. emoticon

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Thanks So Much, Aquagirl!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Weight Watcher success story presentation went well. There were about 30-35 people there at the Open House to hear it. My one regret was that Aquagirl (Cyndi) came especially to support me, but missed it. Originally my leader told me my presentation would be around 2 pm, but when I went to the 10 am meeting, she asked me to come back at 12:30. As soon as I walked in the room she called me to the front to present. Thanks, Aquagirl. I do appreciate your effort!!

If I had it to do over again, I'd have interrupted my leader and asked to come back up front. I had my before pictures with me and forgot about them. I could have shown them and I can always run my mouth about the amazing way it feels to be a healthy weight after more than 5 decades of overweight/obesity and trying and trying to get there.

There certainly are a lot of people who have lost more weight than I have. There are people who look more amazing than I do. There are other people who have yoyo dieted and lost weight many times. But there really aren't a whole lot of people who were overweight from the time they were one year old who finally in their sixth decade found what works for them. For me it is Weight Watchers/SparkPeople & SparkFriends/YMCA/Galloway Running/and playing actively with the grandkids!!

Oh, and by the way, the scale was 127.8 this morning, the lowest I've been in months!!

  
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ANDY_54 1/14/2013 8:22AM

    Was wondering how the meeting went--congratulations on achieving the loss and speaking in public! Awesome!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon and all that!!! You rocked everything - definitely Slenderella!!!

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MIRAGE727 1/14/2013 7:25AM

    Congrats on all fronts, Marsha! Stay focused!
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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2013 8:35PM

    I'm sure you did an awesome job yesterday! I enjoyed seeing all of your pictures too. The event was a smashing success and you were part of the reason why!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/13/2013 7:06PM

    Great job on your presentation!! That is quite an accomplishment! You have so much to be proud of!

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/13/2013 4:37PM

    Wonderful achievement and wonderful inspiration to all of us!
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GABY1948 1/13/2013 4:19PM

    emoticon What a WONDERFUL blog! So glad for your victory all around! But especially the scale! You really are an inspiration!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/13/2013 10:50AM

    You're a true inspiration!!

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MEXGAL1 1/13/2013 9:36AM

    So glad to hear it went well Marsha....was thinking about you. And congrats for the good weigh in....woo hoo! I know for sure after struggling with my weight for so long to find something that works for you. You are a wonderful example and so good of you to share your story.
Have a terrific Sunday.
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MSLZZY 1/13/2013 9:32AM

    You had a great day and an opportunity to share
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lower number! WTG!

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    emoticon emoticon Knew you'd knock the presentation out of the ballpark, Marsha. Sorry Aquagirl missed it.

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My Application

Friday, January 11, 2013

Here's my Weight Watcher success story from my application. It is all true, but leaves out a lot about other positive influences in my life, including SparkPeople:

When I first joined Weight Watcher in 1968, I was 19 years old and had already spent most of my life overweight. Back then in addition to 5 fish and 1 liver meal per week, you had to lose 10 pounds and attend 16 meetings to become a member of Weight Watchers. Well, I went for 14 weeks, lost over 20 pounds, and then left to become a Peace Corps volunteer in applied nutrition in India. Although I didnít become a member then, I did gain confidence in my ability to look like someone who should talk about nutrition. And the thing I liked best about my weight loss was that I no longer felt the need to limit my movement because I was afraid people would see my fat rolls jiggle.

When my daughter approached me at the end of 2008, asking me to go to Weight Watchers with her to help her lose baby weight, I was reluctant. I had made lifetime in the 1970ís, even briefly working for Weight Watchers in the 1980ís. In total I had lost 60 pounds twice and 30 or more pounds eight times. I could lose weight, but I had no confidence in my ability to maintain. In fact at my age Ė late 50ís at that point Ė I doubted I could even lose the weight. My daughter persisted, and promised if I didnít make progress in three months that she would drop the issue. So, I went.

Carol-Lee not only remembered me, she welcomed me with open arms. She even recognized that I had kept off quite a bit of the weight I had lost in her meeting in 1998-1999, when I started at 205 pounds. (My top weight of 212 was several weeks before at the cardiologistís office.) I had gone back to Weight Watchers feeling like a failure, but my former leader made me feel like a success.

On my 12th week I had lost 10% of my starting weight, and in March 2009 I was back within two pounds of my goal weight. On the Momentum program I added 4 maintenance points and continued to lose weight very slowly for more than a year. I read everything I could get on how to maintain, because I knew that was my issue. Carol-Lee got down on her knees at one meeting and asked me to keep coming to meetings and I did. I kept tracking, too. I joined the maintenance message boards at weightwatchers.com. [Incidentally, that is where I heard about SparkPeople.] I earned increased activity points, going from 14 a week to 28 a week. I soon weighed less than I had 30 years before at my marriage, then weighed less than I had in high school, and then Ė beyond my wildest dream Ė I weighed less than I did in junior high school with a BMI of 21.

I soon reduced my goal weight from 155 to 139 and Iíve comfortably maintained below that weight more than three years and counting.

If you see me online, youíll recognize me as Slenderella. Dreams really can come true!!

  
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PARKERB2 1/13/2013 7:07AM

    Thanks for endorsing WW in addtion to Spark People. As Run for Food says you should share this story on Spark and the two are similiar in ways. Spark is free tho and that is good for those of us on a limited income. I do WW too but it's free as it's a at work program I get to do. You are looking great. Keep up the good work and have a Sparking good day. emoticon

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It does look like you do owe Weight Watchers a great deal though as its been a major influence throughout your life! This tells me it was a great weight loss program, but not so much for maintenance. So happy you found Spark people!!!
I think you ought to submit your full story to Spark Peoples success stories -lots of younger people on there but not so many seniors. To do what you did at a retirement age needs to be put out there to inspire others!
Spark On!

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EVWINGS 1/11/2013 10:35PM

    Your story echos around SP!! It is good to know we are not alone. SP is a ife style and most can maintain their weight if the continue with the plan as their new lifestyle. You are a true inspiration of what we all can do.

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PMFISH 1/11/2013 10:13PM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 1/11/2013 8:36PM

    Such a great story! And to think, it was your daughter who brought you back to WW!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/11/2013 8:04PM

    Thanks for sharing your Weight Watchers story.
Maybe you can summarize your SP story in a similar fashion and share that someday.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/11/2013 5:40PM

    GREAT story, and so wonderful because it's true! To dreams STAYING true, forever, my friend! Spark on! emoticon

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HALFFAST 1/11/2013 4:13PM

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations!!!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/11/2013 3:32PM

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1BEACHWALKER 1/11/2013 3:25PM

    What an inspiring story! When I look over at your background photo of you in a race and you smiling-it warms my heart! Proud of you for keeping at it and achieving your wildest dreams! Gives the rest of us hopes! Especially me, who has been in a year plateau doing the two pound cha-cha!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon You truly are a success story and an inspiration to others (ME) that even though I am past 60, there is nothing that says I can't lose this weight (like you I have done it numerous times before) and keep it off.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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MIRAGE727 1/11/2013 3:08PM

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Making Progress

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I did it!! I've now gone 42 hours without any sweet food or drinks; no sugar, no Splenda, no diet drinks, no dried fruit, no juice; only water, skim milk, black unsweetened coffee and unsweetened tea/herbal tea to drink. Yes, I know there is lactose in milk and fructose in fruits but I'm not counting natural sugars in healthy foods. Funny, but I swear the baby carrots I had last evening tasted really sweet, when just a couple days ago two Splendas in my coffee I could hardly taste and wanted more. The apple I enjoyed yesterday tasted really good, too. I believe this challenge to reset my sweet perception and tame my sweet tooth is working. So the SparkCoach challenge speeded up my progress on the Official Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge. I do expect this challenge to require real attention for the next month, and then ongoing intermittent attention.

The SparkCoach challenge today is to tell someone about my goals. I blog about my goals and progress all the time, so no big deal. One goal I'm currently working on is extending my streak of days sticking to my calorie range. As of yesterday, I was at a new personal record since I've been counting of 8 days. Two of those days I ate every calorie coming to me. I also have a goal to get to a weight of 126, fluctuating 124-129 rather than the 128-133 range I've been in for the past year. Although my lowest recent weight has been 128.2 and most days I'm 129.something, I have kept a middle two on the scale every day this year so far. So I feel like I am making progress.

This morning I challenged myself to run a treadmill 5K in under 30 minutes. I think I slightly miscalculated my interval speeds. I ended up making the 3.1 miles in 30 minutes and 12 seconds even though I ran the last minute at 7 mph. Most of it I ran 6.0-6.5mph. That is good enough to bring a smile to my face anyway! I'll break 30 minutes next week. Don't know if I can break my PR of 28:28 or not, but probably will take a race to come close. I amgoing to try.

Did a good strength training session today. My personal trainer is still not back to work following his family emergency. I will be setting some goals for strength training after I complete his assessment and receive his recommendations.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2013 8:28PM

    Isn't it amazing what happens when you don't add any sweetener to things? (the same is true of salt) You can actually taste the real taste of foods. Good job Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 1/10/2013 9:46PM

    Outstanding effort all the way around, Marsha! I'm wondering what a totato might taste like to you now. When I cook, I always depend on them for the natural sweetnes! If you try it, let me know. Stay strong! You're kickin' it!
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_LINDA 1/10/2013 7:29PM

    Fantastic progress with the sweet tooth -a very hard one to overcome, but cold turkey has been suggested the only way to go! Its telling when you find the apple and carrots sweet :) Very well done!!
Great work with the run! Have you any races on the horizon to sign up for? It would be interesting to see how well you do in one. After the half marathon, a 5km must seem like a sprint to you now!
Keep up the great work, you are making good use of SparkCoach!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/10/2013 7:19PM

    emoticon Grinning just reading about it. I can see the endorphin bubbles from here!

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WATERMELLEN 1/10/2013 7:02PM

    Wow! Great progess in multiple areas . . . they seem to be connected!!

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KANOE10 1/10/2013 6:38PM

    Great job of continuing your no sugar no splenda. That takes strength. Good luck on shifting your goal range down to the lower range.

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GABY1948 1/10/2013 3:22PM

    You are doing SO well! You remain such a blessing and an inspiration! I look at you and I KNOW it can be done! GO, Marsha!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 1/10/2013 2:14PM

    Another good day of '2'.
Congratulations on correcting your sweet tooth.

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MAUREENIE1 1/10/2013 1:42PM

    Very impressive. You have a lot to be proud of.
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KJELLYBEAN15 1/10/2013 1:22PM

    Great job!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/10/2013 12:10PM

    Wow, great jobs! Going without sugar will take a lot of attention, but what an accomplishment!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2013 12:01PM

    Yay!!!
Great run....you don't want to be racing every run anyway.

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